Bird Sightings 2018

22 to 28 July 2018

22 to 28 July 2018

Waders at Carlton Marshes included an adult Curlew Sandpiper, a Golden Plover, a Dunlin and a (Common) Redshank, 22 July, five Ruff and a Green Sandpiper, 23 July, 14 Snipe, 25 July and a Spotted Redshank, a Greenshank, a Little Ringed Plover and ten Black-tailed Godwits, 28 July. Four Green Sandpipers were present at Redgrave Fen, 27 July.

Grasshopper Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes and Lopham Fen, 22 July. A Spotted Flycatcher was seen at Mendham, 22 July, a Kingfisher at Lopham Fen, 26 July and a Grey Wagtail at Ditchingham Hall, 26 July.

Single Red Kites were noted at Beccles and Haddiscoe, 24 July.

Four Mediterranean Gulls were recorded at Burgh Castle, 25 July. Finally, Little Egrets were reported from Lopham Fen (two) and Carlton Marshes, 22 July and Redgrave Fen (ten), 27 July.

15 to 21 July 2018

15 to 21 July 2018

A Cattle Egret was present at Outney Common, Bungay, 17 July and a Spoonbill flew north over Carlton Marshes on 15 July. Little Egrets were recorded at Carlton Marshes (three), 15 July, Redgrave Fen (two), 18 July and Worlingham Marshes, 19 July and Mediterranean Gulls at Carlton Marshes (16), 15 July and Beccles (four), 16 July.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Greenshank, 15 July, four Ruff, 17 Black-tailed Godwits and eight Snipe, 19 July, a Little Ringed Plover and four Green Sandpipers, 20 July and a Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper, 21 July. Elsewhere, four Common Sandpipers were noted at Worlingham Marshes, 19 July and three Green Sandpipers at Thorpe-next-Haddiscoe, 20 July.

Two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers both with young were seen at St James South Elmham during the week and a further Spotted Flycatcher was recorded at Flixton (near Bungay), 21 July. A Grasshopper Warbler, two Yellow Wagtails and two Stonechats were noted at Carlton Marshes, 15 July and Kingfishers were reported from Redgrave Fen, 18 July and Worlingham Marshes, 19 July.

A Peregrine was seen at Carlton Marshes, 15 July. Hobbies were recorded at Carlton Marshes (two), 15 July and North Cove and Somerleyton, 21 July and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes, 15 July, Worlingham Marshes, 18 July and Flixton (near Bungay) and North Cove, 21 July.

 

8 to 14 July 2018

8 to 14 July 2018

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Little Ringed Plover, 9 July, two Greenshanks, 11 July and six Ruff, 11 Black-tailed Godwits and three Snipe, 12 July, while elsewhere a Black-tailed Godwit was present at Oulton Marshes and a Common Sandpiper at Blundeston Marshes, 14 July.

A large flock of gulls, including 10 Mediterranean Gulls, was feeding on flying ants over Oulton on 14 July. Little Egrets were recorded at Lopham Fen (two), 11 July and Carlton Marshes (six), 12 July.

A Yellow Wagtail was recorded at Carlton Marshes, 9 July and two pairs of Spotted Flycatchers at St James South Elmham, 13 July.

A Red Kite was seen at Worlingham, 8 July, while single Hobbies were noted at Beccles Common, 10 July and Ashby, 12 July.

Photo of Ruff © Jon Evans

 

1 to 7 July 2018

1 to 7 July 2018

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Greenshank, 50 Black-tailed Godwits, two Little Ringed Plovers, a Common Sandpiper and a Curlew, 1 July, three Wood Sandpipers and a (Common) Redshank, 2 July, a Spotted Redshank and a Green Sandpiper, 3 July, two Ruff, 5 July and two Snipe, 7 July.

Notable passerines at Carlton Marshes included four juvenile Stonechats, 1 July, two juvenile Yellow Wagtails, 2 July and a singing male Grasshopper Warbler, 3 July, while elsewhere two Spotted Flycatchers were noted at St James South Elmham, 5 July.

Red Kites were seen at Carlton Marshes, 2 July and Beccles (three), 5 July, with a Peregrine seen at Carlton Marshes, 5 July, a Hobby at Somerleyton, 7 July and three Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes, 4 July.

Finally, four Little Egrets were noted at Carlton Marshes, 6 July.

Photo of Spotted Redshank

 

24 to 30 June 2018

24 to 30 June 2018

A Spoonbill circled above Carlton Marshes, 25 June.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Curlew and a Dunlin, 29 June and a Wood Sandpiper, a Greenshank, three Green Sandpipers, 50 Black-tailed Godwits and two Little Ringed Plovers, 30 June.

A Red Kite was seen at Beccles Marshes, 26 June and a Hobby at Carlton Marshes, 29 June, with Barn Owls reported from Beccles Marshes, 24 June and Carlton Marshes, 25 June.

Single Cuckoos were recorded at Lopham Fen, 26 June and Carlton Marshes, 29 June and five Yellow Wagtails, including four juveniles, were noted at Carlton Marshes, 30 June.

Photo of Spoonbill © Jon Evans

 

17 to 23 June 2018

17 to 23 June 2018

The wader highlight of the week was a Wood Sandpiper at Carlton Marshes on 19 June. Other waders at Carlton Marshes included five Black-tailed Godwits, a Curlew and a Redshank, 17 June, a Green Sandpiper, 21 June and a Snipe, 22 June, with two Redshanks also noted at Oulton Marshes, 21 June.

The Corncrake was again heard calling at Earsham Marshes, 17 June and the Brent Goose was again present at Carlton Marshes on the same day. Two Little Egrets were noted at Redgrave Fen, 18 June.

A Turtle Dove was heard at St James South Elmham, 18 June and Spotted Flycatchers were recorded at St James South Elmham (three pairs) and Beccles Common, 17 June. An adult Yellow Wagtail was seen feeding young at Carlton Marshes, 22 June and two pairs of Grey Wagtails both accompanied by young were seen at Worlingham, 23 June. Cuckoos were noted at Beccles Marshes and Carlton Marshes, 17 June, Lopham Fen, 18 June and Oulton Marshes, 21 June and Grasshopper Warblers at Lopham Fen, 18 June and Carlton Marshes, 23 June.

Red Kites were seen at Carlton Colville, Geldeston and Gillingham, 17 June, Hobbies at Diss Mere, 17 June and Lopham Fen (two), 18 June and a Barn Owl at Carlton Marshes, 20 June.

 

 

10 to 16 June 2018

10 to 16 June 2018

The Corncrake was again heard calling at Earsham Marshes, 10 June. An immature Glossy Ibis landed briefly at Carlton Marshes, 10 June before flying off east.

A Spotted Flycatcher was recorded at Beccles Common, 10 June and two Yellow Wagtails and a Cetti’s Warbler at Carlton Marshes, 16 June. Cuckoos were noted at Oulton Marshes, 15 June and Gillingham Marshes, 16 June and Grasshopper Warblers at Oulton Marshes, 15 June and Carlton Marshes, 16 June.

A Peregrine was seen at Flixton (near Bungay), 16 June. Red Kites were noted at Carlton Marshes and North Cove, 15 June and Flixton (near Bungay), 16 June; Hobbies at Somerleyton, 11 June, Beccles Common, 13 June and Carlton Marshes (two) and Flixton (near Bungay), 16 June and Barn Owls at Beccles Marshes, Earsham, 10 June, Carlton Marshes, 11 June and Oulton Marshes, 15 June.

Redshanks were recorded at Oulton Marshes (five) and Carlton Marshes, 16 June.

Finally, an unseasonable Brent Goose was present at Carlton Marshes, 16 June.

 

3 to 9 June 2018

3 to 9 June 2018

A Corncrake was heard calling on the marshes at Bungay and Earsham, 6 to 9 June.

A Honey Buzzard flew over Carlton Marshes, 7 June. A Peregrine was seen at Oulton Marshes, 3 June and a Red Kite at Belton, 8 June. Hobbies were reported from Carlton Marshes (two), 3 June, Beccles Common, 4 June and Lopham Fen (four), 6 June and Barn Owls from Carlton Marshes, 3 June, Oulton Marshes, 6 June and Earsham Marshes, 7 June. An escaped Harris’ Hawk was seen at Castle Marsh, North Cove, 3 June.

Two Spotted Flycatchers were noted at Beccles Common, 4 June and a Grasshopper Warbler at Oulton Marshes, 6 June Cuckoos were recorded at Worlingham Marshes, 3 June, Beccles Marshes, 4 June and Lopham Fen, Carlton Marshes and Oulton Marshes, 6 June and Cetti’s Warblers at Carlton Marshes (two), Oulton Marshes and Worlingham Marshes, 3 June.

Redshanks were seen at Carlton Marshes (five) and Oulton Marshes, 3 June. Other notable sightings at Carlton Marshes included a Little Egret on 3 June and two escaped Bar-headed Geese that flew north over the reserve on 9 June.

 

27 May to 2 June 2018

27 May to 2 June 2018

A Honey Buzzard flew north over Bungay late morning on 30 May and an Osprey flew west along Oulton Dyke, 2 June. Hobbies were recorded at Oulton Marshes, 27 May and Redgrave Fen (three), 29 May and Barn Owls at Carlton Marshes, 27 May, Earsham, 29 May and Lopham Fen, 30 May. An escaped Black Kite was seen at Beccles, 2 June.

A Great White Egret was present at Oulton Marshes, 27 May.

A Wheatear was seen at Oulton Marshes, 28 May, while at nearby Carlton Marshes two Yellow Wagtails were recorded on 27 May and two Grasshopper Warblers the following day. Cuckoos were noted at Lopham Fen (two) and Beccles Marshes, 27 May, Carlton Marshes, 28 May and Oulton, 31 May, Spotted Flycatchers at Beccles Common (two), 28 May and Ditchingham, 30 May and Kingfishers at Beccles Marshes and Castle Marsh, North Cove, 28 May.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Common Sandpiper, 27 May and a Dunlin, 2 June.

Photo of Honey Buzzard © DepositPhoto/pilipenkoD

20 to 26 May 2018

20 to 26 May 2018

Single Ospreys flew north over Carlton Marshes on 21 and 25 May. Red Kites were noted at Carlton Colville, 20 May and Oulton, 21 May, Hobbies at Barnby, 21 May and Carlton Marshes (two), 26 May and a Barn Owl at Carlton Marshes, 21 May.

Two Yellow Wagtails were seen at Carlton Marshes, 24 May. Grasshopper Warblers were recorded at Carlton Marshes (three) and Lopham Fen, 26 May; Cetti’s Warblers at North Cove Marshes, 20 May and Carlton Marshes (two), 22 May and Cuckoos at North Cove Marshes, 20 May, Redgrave Fen and Worlingham Marshes, 21 May, Beccles Marshes, 22 May and Carlton Marshes (three), Lopham Fen and Somerleyton, 26 May.

Waders at Carlton Marshes included a Black-tailed Godwit and a Ringed Plover, 24 May, a Redshank, 25 May and a Common Sandpiper, 26 May, while two Redshanks were noted at Worlingham Marshes, 21 May.

Finally, Little Egrets were recorded at Herringfleet Marshes (two), 23 May and Carlton Marshes, 25 May.